Thursday, November 17, 2005

Iron Bowl Headlines Key SEC Slate

SEC -
#11 Auburn 20, #8 Alabama 14 – The Tigers are playing as well as anyone right now behind feature back Kenny Irons.

#4 LSU 28, Ole Miss 10 – A huge mismatch that the Rebels must keep close early.

#19 South Carolina 24, Clemson 16 – The Gamecocks have rode an efficient offense and a strong defense into a possible eighth win; hand over coach-of-the-year honors to Steve Spurrier, immediately!!!!!

#14 Georgia 38, Kentucky 14 – The Bulldogs must win to secure their berth in the SEC championship game; a loss sends upstart South Carolina.

Vandy 20, Tennessee 17 – If the 4-6 ‘Dores win, there will be plenty of "what ifs" when recollecting losses to Middle Tennessee and Kentucky; QB Jay Cutler should put up numbers if the Commodores block UT’s front.

Arkansas 24, Miss. State 3- The Razorbacks should be able to control the clock and win against another Magnolia State opponent.

ACC-

#3 Miami 34, Georgia Tech 10 – Containing GT WR Calvin Johnson is the Hurricanes’ number one priority.

#7 Virginia Tech 34, Virginia 20 – The Hokies have not played since their resounding 27-7 loss to Miami, so Virginia will be a tests as VT looks to bounce back.

Maryland 23, #23 BC 17 – BC allows only 91 rushing yards per game to its opponents, but Maryland, who is at home and needs the win to become bowl eligible, has RB Lance Ball who performs at a 5-yards per carry clip.

NCST 38, MTSU 17 – The Wolfpack have enough inferior opponents to win here and go 5-5 and then depend on a win against Maryland next week for bowl eligibility.

North Carolina 35, Duke 13 – The Tar Heels are still smarting from last week’s OT loss to Maryland.


BIG 12 -
Oklahoma 27, #21 Texas Tech 21 – The Red Raiders were 0-for-11 on third down in last week’s surprising loss to OKST, not to mention three turnovers as the Pokes led 17-0 early.

Oklahoma State 27, Baylor 24 – The Cowboys could become bowl eligible with a win over the Bears and next week against Oklahoma.

Kansas State 21, Missouri 17 – Bill Snyder’s swan song as KSU’s coach.

BIG 10 -

#5 Penn State 42, Michigan State 17 – The Spartans fell like a house of cards after the Ohio Stateoss; JoePa needs this one for the outright Big 10 title.

#17 Michigan 30, #9 Ohio State 20 – The Wolverines have too many options on offense when they are all healthy; the Buckeyes think they are still BCS savvy with a win.

Northwestern 45, Illinois 14 – Illini have no answers for a much-more talented Wildcats offense.

Minnesota 31, Iowa 24 – The Gophers could get a New Year’s Day Bowl win a win; Sophomore Amir Phinnix ran for 206 yards in last week’s win over Michigan State.

Purdue 31, Indiana 28 – A long season comes to an end for the Boilers while IU has lost five in a row, but sees its program improving.

PAC 10 -

#1 USC 44, #16 Fresno State 24 – The Bulldogs have Pac 10 talent, but not enough against this juggernaut.

Washington 27, Washington State 23 – Wazzu coach Bill Doba is on the hot seat and cannot afford a loss to the Huskies.

#10 Oregon 41, Oregon State 24 – The Ducks haven’t been talked about east of Eugene, but they are worthy of BCS consideration s their only loss was to Southern Cal.

Stanford 28, Cal 24 – The Bears have lost four out of five while Stanford is much improved over the beginning of Walt Harris’ first season.


BIG EAST -

South Florida 28, Cincinnati 14 – RB Andre Hall will be the emphasis of the UC defense.

#6 Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 10 – The Fighting Irish have too many weapons and too sophisticated of an offensive scheme for the struggling Orange who were shut out by USF last week.

MWC-

New Mexico 30, Air Force 21 – Lobos RB DonTrell Moore is only the sixth back in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in four straight seasons.

Colorado State 31, UNLV 14 – Vegas has stopped virtually no one all year and the pass-run combo of Justin Holland and Kyle bell does not figure to waiver.

San Diego State 24, Wyoming 21 – Both clubs close out disappointing 4-6 ledgers.

WAC -

Boise State 49, Idaho 14 – The Broncos need a strong finish after last week’s 27-7 loss at Fresno State.

Nevada 37, Utah State 10 – A tough opening act in WAC play for the Aggies.

New Mexico State 23, San Jose State 21 – The last chance for Hal Mumme to pick up a win in his inaugural NMSU season.

CUSA -

Central Florida 34, Rice 12 – It’s on to the CUSA title game for George O’Leary and his surprising Golden Knights.

Marshall 24, East Carolina 17 – The Thundering Herd have become a better team as the season has progressed.

Houston 40, SMU 7 – The Cougs do not get much of a challenge from the struggling Ponies.

#24 UTEP 42, UAB 20 – The Miners have been consistent all season and look to close out against the defensively challenged Blazers.

Tulsa 51, Tulane 21 – The Golden Hurricanes hope to approach minor bowl conversations with a convincing win.

Overall - 334-116

Last week 31-9



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